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How to Shim Out Electrical Outlet or Switch When Installing a Tile Backsplash

Roxanne asks, “How can I make electrical outlets flush with a new tile backsplash?”

To shim out an electrical outlet, use an electrical box extender. Read on to find out more.
Tile kitchen backsplash

Adding a Tile or Wood Beadboard Backsplash to Your Kitchen

A backsplash behind the countertops in your kitchen not only protects the wall from stains and grease, but it serves to accent the cabinets as well. Tile is the most common backsplash material. Watch this video to find our more.
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How to Cut Tile Around Electrical Outlets

Brian asks, “When installing a tile backsplash, how do you cut the opening for an electrical outlet that falls into the middle of a tile?”

To make cuts within a tile, drill holes at each corner of the tile, then plunge cut to the line using a diamond blade on a circular or tile saw. Read on to find out more.
adhesive tile setting mat

SimpleMat Adhesive Tile Setting Mat

SimpleMat is a double sided, adhesive sheet that is perfect for attaching tile to a countertop or backsplash. It can be used on drywall, plywood, plastic laminate, or painted surfaces. Simply cut the mat to fit, press in place, peel off backing, and attach tile. SimpleMat is available at The Home Depot.
Installing ceramic tile over existing drywall.

Installing a Ceramic Tile Backsplash Over Drywall

Raj asks, "I am planning to install a ceramic backsplash in the kitchen over painted drywall. What kind of treatment is needed for the drywall so that it does not get moist?"

You can tile right over your existing drywall. Once the adhesive dries and the grout has set, it will be impervious to moisture. Read more to find out how.
Danny Lipford with completed tile backsplash

How to Install a Ceramic Tile Backsplash

A decorative ceramic tile backsplash can really dress up the space between the countertops and hanging cabinets in your kitchen, as well as providing protection from splatters and spills.
Completed tile backsplash.

Ceramic Tile Backsplash Project

The space between your kitchen countertops and the bottom of your cabinets is small but often the hardest to keep clean. A ceramic tile backsplash is a great solution that can be applied over almost any wall surface.